Exercise, first thing

Good morning! I am in the first week of summer vacation and already I can see I need to stay focused. If you read about my Summer Schedule, you know I had a bit of a busy schedule starting in June. I gave myself the last week of May to work into summer and all I wanted to do was stay up late and sleep in! But that doesn't do me any good and I realized something about myself.

I need to exercise first thing in the morning.

This actually made me a little sad to realize. When I work I always exercise in the morning because that is the only time I can. I leave my house at 7am and get home between 9-10pm. I fall into bed when I get home and have never been able to rally and workout.

Waking up at 4:45am on the other hand was doable and I was able to workout in the morning. It is not what I would choose to do, but it was the thing that worked for me, so that is when I would workout.

The first Saturday morning of summer break I woke up and thought, I need to workout, but then all these other things became more important than working out and before I knew it, I had missed my chance. That is when I realized I need to work out first thing in the morning. It was not a happy realization, but it was a needed realization. So now when I wake up in the morning, I stop all the chatter in my mind and tell my self, exercise first, those other things will be there after you're done. And they are. And I feel ready to tackle them after I have worked out.


Summer Schedule: 2013

Four work days left until Summer break and to make sure I make the most of it, I thought I would come up with a schedule.  I know, it's a little OCD of me, but I want to make sure I get certain things done and I know myself.  I work better if I have a schedule.

So here it goes:

Summer 2013 POTENTIAL Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday:
  • 5:00 Wake up 
  • 5:30 Hot Yoga.  I thought for the month of June I would do some Hot Yoga for myself.  Not sure if this is a summer thing, or just a month of June thing.
  • 8:00 Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30.  I've been doing Jillian Michaels: 30 Day Shred, which I like a lot, but a friend let me borrow Ripped in 30 and I thought I would try it in June.
  • 9:00 study Italian.  I took Italian 1 and 2 during the fall and spring semesters and am going to go back through the textbook all summer to make sure I retain what I learned, and memorize what I missed.  I plan on going to Italy in June of 2014 and want to be able to get by with my Italian.
  • 10:00 Education Class.  I am taking two education classes this summer for personal interest.
  • 11:00 Pool time.  My vitamin D is fairly low so I am planning on spending a few minutes in the sun (smile).
  • 2:00 - 4:00 everyAUGUST etsy site.  I was thinking of opening an Etsy store to sell some of my photographs.  In the past I was a photographer, but doing it as a job took the fun out of it after awhile.  Now I take myself and photography less seriously and am loving it again.  I have a collection of photos that are Wall Worthy.  They are in rotation at my house and I though,  hey, why not see if someone else would like this on their wall too.  I dream of being able to support myself by selling pictures I love.  Each dream starts with a step so I though I would take mine on Etsy.  This summer, I am going to take that step.
  • Evening are open to cook dinner and hang out with T and the family.
Tuesday, Thursday:
  • 5:00 Wake Up
  • 5:15 Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30
  • 6:00 Running
  • 9:00.  Tuesday, bike (or drive) to VITALY to study Italian.  Thursday, bike (or drive) to Farmers Market.
  • 12:00 Pool time.
  • 2:00 - 4:00 Paris Photo book / My Go To recipe book.  These are two projects I have been slowly working on for years.  I would like to get them finished this summer and am going to work on them on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • 5:00 Wake up 
  • 5:30 Hot Yoga. 
  • 8:00 Jillian Michaels: Ripped in 30
  • 8:30 Garden
  • 9:00 study Italian.  
  • 10:00 Education Class.  
  • 11:00 Pool time.  
  • 2:00 - 4:00 Use it, or lose it. Two hours a week to organize, assess, and remove clutter in my life.
Saturday, Sunday:

  • The weekend is going to be unscheduled for the most part.  I have some house projects I can work on then, hit up some concerts in the park, go on a few mountain bike/ hiking adventure, or just chill out and read a book.  I will continue to do Ripped in 30 on the weekends...

Looking over this it does seem a little crazy, but it will help me stay on track this summer.

What about you?  Do you have a summer schedule like me or are you open and free, waiting to see what comes your way?

UPDATE:  I updated my Summer Schedule for July and you can see that HERE.


8 outfits until summer

I have 8 days of work remaining before I am away for the summer. I am almost counting the hours....

Today I was at home, wearing my typical at home outfit, jeans and a t-shirt, and I had this idea that I should just wear this to work for the rest of the semester.

STOP! I can't think like that. 1. I have colleagues who wear jeans and a t-shirts (nice t-shirts) to work and there is nothing wrong with that.2. I am in a position where I need to be very careful with how I present myself. I already look fairly young, and that plays against me a lot. Every time I get dressed for work I have to think, "If I wore this in a meeting, would I be taken seriously?".3. It is only 8 more days. I can still rock my professional outfits for 8 more days.

To keep me accountable, I am going to take a picture and post it here of my 8 outfits. I can do it!......and then I can wear jeans ALL summer long!

Day 7 and 8. My day 8 t-shirt was a little punk rock for me but it got lots of compliments.

Day 5 and 6. Had a bit of a tan theme going.
Day 3 and 4. In my head I felt like I was dressing like a third grader, just throwing outfits together!
Day 1 and 2. I made it!


Mother's Day Menu

Mother's Day Menu:

Chilled Soups:
  • Turkey, provolone, pesto 
  • Caprese 
  • Strawberry Galette  
  • Strawberries with angel food cake, vanilla ice cream, and Magic Shell! 
(forgot the picture of dessert...)

And here we all are in the Great Aunt Hilda vintage hats!
I hope your Mother's Day was as fabulous as ours was!  

2 nights in the Bay Area

Last weekend Library AC (not to be confused with Russia AC) and I took a weekend trip to San Francisco.  Library AC's sister lived up there and she had asked me last semester if I wanted to take a trip with her to San Francisco for the weekend?  At the time I gave her a bit of a hard time and asked if she was sure she wanted to extend our relationship boundaries that far out of "work".  She said she was willing to risk it! and four months later we made it to San Francisco.
Library AC is one of my favorite people at work.  When I was first hired she was assigned as my "mentor" and we always kind of laughed about that.  Not that she wasn't a good mentor, because she was, but because I would ask her questions about policies or places at work and she wouldn't know the answer.  I would joke that was going into the "mentor review" and then drag her with me to find the answer.  We shared an office for three years and in our current seprate offices we have a joke that we are going to drill through the wall to "share" an office again.  As a co-worker she helps me be better at my job and is someone I always approach with new ideas to get her feedback.  I really enjoy working with her.  I was looking forward to spending a weekend is the bay area with her and getting to meet her sister.

We flew into SFO on Friday night and AC's sister and her friend A picked us up.  A works at a hotel called the Club Quarters and he got us the friends and family discount for the weekend.  Score.  Our plane had been delayed so we got into the city at about 9pm.  After checking in we walked to a place called the Globe, a few blocks away for a late (for me late) dinner.  The place was smallish (typical city resururant) and a little loud, but they served dinner late and that was why we were there.  AC's sister was nice and A was fun and we had a nice dinner together.  I really linked the salumi pizza with a fryed egg on it!

The next morning AC and I got moving around 8am and walked down to the Ferry Building that was a few blocks away.  There is a Farmer's Market behind the Ferry Building on Saturdays and I wanted to check it out.  It was a BEAUTIFUL day in San Francisco!  The sun was out and I wore a T-shirt and sandals all day.  The Farmer's Market had a lot of food stands and AC and I split a Kimchi and Guinea Fowl Sausage Sandwich.  The kimchi was in the sausage and it was topped with chicharrones.  Yum!  AC also got tempora asparagus and 5 raw oysters.  I joked that we would have to take pictures of everything she was eating because it looked like she might out eat me! Not an easy thing to do....
From the Ferry Building we walked to Fisherman's Wharf and had an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista and then we were picked up by AC's sister, A and a new friend Mshell.  Our plan for the day was to check out the Spring Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard.
AC is an art buyer and I didn't realize that until this weekend.  It should have clicked before because she always goes to the student art shows and has art in her office, but it didn't click until this weekend.  She found a few pieces she liked and I think inspired the San Francisco group because they all left with art! That evening we had dinner at Lolo and it was fun to eat in the city. AC wore a pedomitor that day and we walked over 8 miles!

Sunday we started at the Alameda Flea Market.  It was HUGE!  The weather was fickle that day.  Starting with cold and overcast.  Then rain and eventually sun so sunny I might have gotten sunburned....  The flea market was very cool but we only made it through half of it.  I would love to go again!
Next we went to a former landfill that is now a "park".  I know..... Anyhow, there were supposed to be some scultures on the beach so we set out to find them.  It was  bit of an adventure that included traveling through a homeless camp, AC and A getting chased by a big dog, and eventually we made it to the Albany Bulb scultptures.  They were pretty fantastic and made out of driftwood and dibree.  My favorite sculpture is the one below called the Water Lady.

From here we went to Berkeley and saw a cool plant store, stopped in at a french bakery, and then made our way back to the city where we dropped off A and Mshell and then had dinner at a Chinese pop up in the Mission District called Mission Chinese.  EXCELLENT.  The best meal I had all weekend.  And then we were heading for the airport and back home.

It was a whirl wind weekend and it made me think I need to do this more often!  Where to next?